This week has been a long, hard week.
Like many of you, I spent Tuesday night pensively watching the election results flow in. Like many of you, I spent Tuesday night feeling worse and worse as more and more of the US map was painted red. Like many of you, I woke up Wednesday morning concerned and afraid about what the future would bring.
Like many of you, I am still concerned and afraid about what the future will bring.
At first I found myself in shock. I’m not surprised that Trump won, but I was holding out the possibility that he wouldn’t (hint: there is still hope that he won’t, however faint it might be.) And so when the news came in that he was officially our elect, the shock set in that this was really going to be something I had to live through. Something that we all have to live through. I won’t try and tell you that things will be okay, because they won’t be for many of us. Many of the people in our country have a hard road ahead, and I know that some of those people won’t make it.
Some people do believe that this sort of response is overreacting, but I’m going to assure you that it isn’t. This isn’t a petty case of “oh no, we didn’t win and now I’m upset.” This is bigger than that. This is a case of someone who built their entire campaign upon hurting others and spewing fascist rhetoric left and right now having the loudest voice in the country (with a VP pick that is almost worse, if you can believe it.) This is a case of someone whose follower base is going and committing hate crime after hate crime after hate crime after hate crime. All within the first 72 hours after the announcement was made.
For many people in our country, this is just a small taste of what we can expect to come in the future.
As my shock gave way to wanting to take action, I realized that I should probably be saying something, even if it wasn’t much. I know that sometimes people will look to others for comfort or direction, and all things considered, it probably would make sense to at least attempt to offer one or the other. I feel that trying to comfort people at this point would be disingenuous. As I mentioned above, there will be people in our country, and possibly even our community, that don’t make it through the next four years. To tell people that “we’ve made it through worse” is a lie, and I won’t disrespect you with such things.
Since I can’t really offer comfort, I’ll opt for direction instead.
In the final hours of the election, posts began to roll in about what we should be doing if Trump actually wins. What would the NTRW do? What is the correct action in regards to ma’at? What does Kemeticism say about moments like this?
If I had to sum it up succinctly, I’d say that it’s this: Don’t give up. Don’t stop trying. And look after one another.
We all know that the gods fight isfet every single day. Every night, they climb onto the barque to drive back a/pep so that Creation can be renewed and start the next day over again. The gods continue to fight even when they are tired, even when they want to give up. They never stop, and they never back down. If we are to emulate their actions, then that means that we, too, should not give up or stop.
There was once a time when I was feeling particularly beat down. I asked Osiris where he found the urge to continue to push back isfet day after day. He returned my question with a question. He asked me “what choice do we have?” To him, the only choice forward was to fight. To give in and to give up was to die or stop existing. He knew that it was hard, but that he had no other options that were worth considering. I believe that this is the same for us. We have to keep moving forward, we have to keep fighting, and we have to take care of one another. It is a core tenet of ma’at to take care of those who are oppressed. Those who are without. Those who need assistance.
As we move forward into this uncertain territory, I ask that each of us do what we can to assist those who need help. Particularly those who belong to marginalized groups.
In the spirit of helping with this, I’ve gathered a bunch of links and other resources to try and help us to push forward. If you happen to have good resources to add to this list, please let me know.
How to be an ally, things you can do to help moving forward:
- How to be an advocate: Bustle.com
- A small way to show solidarity, inspired by Brexit
- Petition asking Obama to elect the next SCOTUS justice before January
- National Popular Vote [dot] com
- #NotMyPresident and the Electoral College
- Electoral college petition | another one
- Look for the helpers: Green Rings
- Aftermath of the election
- New Balance Boycott
- Ways to help/be an ally | again | and again | and again
- Fight for America
Charities that have pledged to fight the loss of rights, healthcare, etc. and/or need donations to continue to do so:
- Families USA (preventing GOP from repealing the ACA)
- Campaign for New York Health (trying to get single-payer healthcare passed in NY)
- List of organizations to donate to
- Another list of charities
- Standing Rock / NO DAPL donation page
- Planned Parenthood
Resources for people who are at risk:
- UMass Amherst offers grief counseling services
- Oh Crap! What Now? A Survival Guide
- Action Steps for Trans Folks Before Obama Leaves Office
- Free legal help for trans people | again
- Concrete suggestions in preparation of Jan 2017
- Mental health and LGBTQ+ resources
- Buddy Finder System for those who need someone to talk to
- Trans resources
- The Marriage Militia Project (helping LGBTQ+ people get married before 2017 starts)
- Coru Cathubodua Priesthood Resource list
- Long term birth control options
- Information for Naturalized Citizens and how to stay safe
- For trans/non-binary folks trying to change their name/gender documents before inauguration
- Trans passport fees donation project
- Starbucks Safe Space Campaign
- Trans Lifeline (there is a post circulating that Trans Lifeline is a bad resource. Here is a counter-post for that)
Protest Organization and Attendance Resources:
- Security for protestors
- Things to keep in mind if you’re going to a protest.
- More tips for staying safe in a protest
Other posts about this topic from other Pagans/Polytheists:
- In the Desert of Set: The State of Our Union
- Only Fragments: #1845
- Against the Winds of History: G&R
- Advice from Dad
- Curses to use against Donald
- Can we make America great?